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Two moms told they can't breastfeed in public at museums


Two moms told they can't breastfeed in public at museums

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Aug 8, 2014

A mother who was told to breastfeed her child in a bathroom at a museum in North Carolina was not happy. So, she reportedly vented on Facebook.

Of course, the post went viral and now it is making headlines around the country.

The incident happened at Discovery Place in Charlotte, North Carolina. An employee told Melody Aylestock that she had to take her baby to the bathroom to breastfeed after the mom asked if she could move a bench in order to feed her child.

WSOC-TV reached out to Discovery Place and they issued this statement:

"Nursing mothers have always been welcome to breastfeed anywhere at Discovery Place. From time to time, mothers ask for spaces that provide more privacy. They are usually directed to a family restroom suite that has a chair separate from the toilet stall on Level 2 or another small room also available in the Museum. There also are various spaces around the Museum that offer seating and more privacy. Many mothers enjoy a peaceful atmosphere in our Aquarium. Providing a family-friendly environment for all guests is of our utmost concern. After investigating our guest's experience yesterday we discovered that a team member had provided incorrect information, and we are truly sorry. We are taking steps to ensure all our team, from staff to volunteers to teen apprentices, are informed of all the options for nursing mothers and communicate that to guests."

Discovery Place also contacted Aylestock to apologize.

Under North Carolina law, a woman can breastfeed in any private or public location without being in violation of indecent exposure laws.

Aylestock isn't the only mom who ran into issues recently when visiting a museum.

Vanessa Bailey complained on Twitter last Friday after three security guards allegedly told her that she could not nurse in the lobby at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Texas. Bailey also reached out to Bush's daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, on Twitter.

The library responded through Twitter and admitted the actions of the guards were inconsistent with their official policy and that action had been taken. The museum also offered Bailey free tickets for another visit.

Watch the interview with Vanessa Bailey below.

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to